July 16th, 2007
06:44 PM ET
9 years ago

Celebs add star power to '08 donor lists

Actor Tony Sirico of “The Sopranos” gave to Giuliani last quarter.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Celebrity donors. You know they're out there. But finding them in those Federal Election Commission reports buried among tens of thousands of celebrity-impaired Americans can be a royal pain in the Oscar.

But we at the CNN Political Ticker have painstakingly reviewed the latest batch of presidential fundraising disclosures and have compiled that information in convenient list form, complete with bullet points.

Click below for The Ticker's list of celebrity donors.


July 16th, 2007
06:43 PM ET
9 years ago

Vitter says additional prostitute allegations not true

Sen. Vitter, left, with his wife, Wendy, addressed reporters Monday night.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. David Vitter, the Louisiana Republican who admitted last week to employing a D.C. escort service, indicated Monday he has no intentions of resigning his Senate post and said allegations that he visited other prostitutes in Louisiana are “not true.”

"Unfortunately, my admission has encouraged some long-time political enemies and those hoping to profit from the situation to spread falsehoods too, like those New Orleans stories in recent reporting,” Vitter said at a press conference with his wife, Wendy, at his side. “Those stories are not true.”

“For my part, I'll be helping finalize a crucial water resources bill to provide much better hurricane and flood protection,” Vitter added. “I'll be following up on our important defeat of a bad immigration bill by working for good border and workplace security.”

Vitter apologized to constituents last week for “a very serious sin in my past” after his number turned up in telephone records of the service run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the “D.C. Madam” now facing money laundering and racketeering charges.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: David Vitter
July 16th, 2007
05:20 PM ET
9 years ago

Richardson not interested in No. 2 spot

Richardson said Monday he’s not interested in being vice president..

WASHINGTON (CNN) - His impeccable résumé, foreign policy credentials, and relation to an important battleground state landed New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on John Kerry’s shortlist for the vice presidential nominee in 2004.

But Richardson, currently a Democratic presidential hopeful himself, said Monday he’s not interested in the No. 2 post if it was offered at some point down the road, telling CNN “There is a better job, it’s called governor of New Mexico.”

“I’m not running for vice president, and I believe after this debate is over I’m going to win - but I don’t want to be vice president,” Richardson told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “I’ve got the best job, governor of New Mexico.

“I can go ride my horse and get into foreign policy, as I have done as a governor,” he added.

In addition to his current post, Richardson is a former U.S. congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, and energy secretary. He has also engaged in several talks with North Korea.

In 2004, Bush won New Mexico by only 6,000 votes.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Bill Richardson
July 16th, 2007
05:06 PM ET
13 years ago

Man shot and killed in Colorado governor's office

An unidentified man was shot and killed outside the offices of Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter.

(CNN) - Bodyguards for Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter shot and killed a man with a gun outside the governor's office in the state Capitol on Monday, but the governor was unhurt, his office said.

"The governor's fine," Ritter spokesman Evan Dreyer said. "Everybody is a bit rattled. Most of the staff has gone home. We'll be talking to them throughout the evening, but everybody is OK."

The shooting took place shortly after 2 p.m. (4 p.m. ET), outside Ritter's temporary suite of offices at the Capitol, which is currently being renovated. The man's identity was not immediately released, and his body lay in the hallway outside the governor's office as Colorado State Patrol officers wrapped yellow crime scene tape around the building's polished granite columns.

Senate Minority Leader Andy McElhany said there was "essentially no security" in the building after efforts to require visitors to pass through metal detectors "broke down."

"People who are in the building all the time, who were known to the Patrol, started going around the metal detectors, and other people would follow them," McElhany told CNN affiliate KUSA. "It got to be chaotic, and so they were removed. Probably some sort of higher level of security would be appropriate, but not going back to that level."

He said state police handled Monday's incident "very well."

"I think it's comforting for everyone in the building," he said.

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Filed under: Uncategorized
July 16th, 2007
04:44 PM ET
9 years ago

Wilson endorses Clinton

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, the husband of outed CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson, announced Monday that he is endorsing New York Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential bid.

"I have known Hillary Clinton for a decade. She is the one candidate who, in my judgment, understands the need to get Americans out of harm’s way and to move this to a political process,” Wilson said in a statement. “She knows what to do. She has the leadership. On day one, she will be able to reach out to the international community, and I am delighted to fight the fight with her."

Wilson accused the White House of intentionally leaking his wife's covert role to the press after he contested the administration's original reasons for going to war. Clinton praised his opposition for the war and his role in the court case involving his wife.

"Joe Wilson has stood up to this administration and held it accountable for the misinformation that led us into the Iraq war,” Clinton said in a statement. “I’m so pleased that we share the goal of ending this war so that we can begin bringing our troops home safely."

- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
July 16th, 2007
03:15 PM ET
9 years ago

Vitter to face reporters

Vitter will face reporters in a Monday evening press conference.

NEW ORLEANS (CNN) - Sen. David Vitter will face reporters Monday evening on his home turf in suburban New Orleans, a week after he was forced to admit he had patronized a Washington escort service.

Vitter, R-Louisiana, apologized to constituents last week for "a very serious sin in my past" after his number turned up in telephone records of the service run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the "D.C. Madam" now facing money laundering and racketeering charges.

The 46-year-old lawmaker, who is married and has four children, has not been seen on Capitol Hill since his July 9 admission. He is scheduled to hold a news conference in his hometown of Metairie, La., at 5 p.m. (6 p.m. ET)

Before winning his Senate seat, Vitter represented New Orleans' northern and western suburbs in the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2004. In the Senate, he was one of the top backers of the failed "Marriage Protection Amendment" - which would have banned same-sex marriages - and serves as the southern regional chairman of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign.

In an e-mail to supporters Friday, Vitter apologized for "letting you and others down" and thanked supporters for their thoughts and prayers.


Filed under: David Vitter
July 16th, 2007
03:00 PM ET
9 years ago

Morgan Stanley CEO holds major fundraiser for Clinton

Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack is holding a major campaign fundraiser for Clinton.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Bush backer and Morgan Stanley chief executive John Mack is holding a major campaign fundraiser for New York Sen. Hillary Clinton on Monday afternoon, encouraging high level managers of his Wall Street company be "involved in the political process."

"When it comes to supporting political candidates, I have always looked beyond party labels to the person who I felt was best for the job and most able to lead the country forward," Mack said in an email to Morgan Stanley executives. "I personally believe that person is Hillary Clinton."

He said that the minimum donation to attend is $1,000, but he encouraged employees to give $4,600, the maximum allowable contribution for a presidential campaign. Clinton is scheduled to appear at the fundraiser at the Morgan Stanley office in Times Square in New York City.

Mack said donating to her campaign is “purely voluntary” and encouraged employees to take part in the upcoming presidential election, regardless of who they choose to support.

Mack and his wife, Christy, announced their support for Clinton's presidential bid in April. In 2004, Mack was one of Bush's "Rangers" who helped him raise more than $200,000 during his last campaign.

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
July 16th, 2007
12:33 PM ET
9 years ago

GOP senator to Rove: Bush legacy on the line in Iraq

Voinovich told CNN he has warned Karl Rove that the president needs to salvage his legacy.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A Republican senator says he warned top White House aide Karl Rove that President Bush quickly needs to craft a workable plan to withdraw U.S. troops fom Iraq in order to salvage his legacy.

White House spokesman Tony Snow insisted last week that Bush's GOP allies in Congress are not breaking with Bush over the war. But Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, told CNN that he warned Rove last week that "The president is a young man and should think about his legacy."

He should know history will not be kind unless he can come up with a plan that protects the troops and stabilizes the region," Voinovich said he told Karl Rove, whom Bush dubbed "the architect" of his 2004 re-election.

Voinovich added that other Republicans are close to speaking out against the President's current strategy.

"I won't mention anyone's name. But I have every reason to believe that the fur is going to start to fly, perhaps sooner than what they may have wanted."

In private, Voinovich is more blunt, using a profanity to describe the White House's handling of Iraq by charging the administration "f-ed up" the war.


Filed under: Iraq • President Bush
July 16th, 2007
12:32 PM ET
9 years ago

Romney blasts pornography, drugs, violence in new ad

Romney is out with a new ad Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In the latest effort to tout his family values, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney hit the television airwaves Monday with a new ad that criticizes the “culture that surrounds our kids today.”

In the ad, set to run in crucial campaign states Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, the GOP presidential hopeful quotes former Reagan speech writer Peggy Noonan, who wrote following the Columbine shootings that the assailants “inhaled too deeply in the oceans in which they swam.”

“I’d like us to clean up the water in which our kids are swimming,” Romney says in the ad as picturesque beach scenes are displayed.

Romney’s latest ad comes less than two weeks after he faced criticism from some social conservatives who argued he did not try to limit pornography offerings in Marriott Hotels when he served on its board.

"I am not pursuing an effort to try and stop adults from being able to acquire or see things that I find objectionable; that's their right,” Romney told The Associated Press following the criticisms. “But I do vehemently oppose practices or business procedures that will allow kids to be exposed to obscenity.”

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Mitt Romney • Political ads
July 16th, 2007
10:29 AM ET
9 years ago

McCain's communications team out

McCain faced more staff resignations Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. John McCain's embattled presidential campaign took another hit Monday when almost his entire press shop resigned their posts.

The decision by Brian Jones, Danny Diaz, Matt David, research director Brian Rogers and South Carolina press secretary Adam Temple to step down was not unexpected, but was yet another sign the Arizona senator will have to rebuild a campaign - that once boasted a roster filled with some of the GOP's most talented political operatives - from scratch.

"It has been my sincere honor and privilege to serve Senator John McCain," Diaz wrote in his departure email. "Best of luck to each and every one of you in the days and weeks ahead."

Today's resignations come less than one week after several senior staffers including Campaign Manager Terry Nelson and Chief Strategist John Weaver stepped down when the Arizona senator sought to restructure the campaign operation.

Moving forward, McCain's New Hampshire spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker will head the press shop, while longtime confidante Rick Davis will lead the campaign.

- CNN's Mark Preston and Candy Crowley

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Filed under: John McCain
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